VOTING

THE VOTING PROCEDURE

During the voting process you are expected to adhere to the following;

  • You must be registered to vote in that polling station.
  • Produce a voter card and be checked in the voter’s roll. In the absence of a voter card, an identity card must be produced and the voter be issued with a temporary voter permit.
  • In the case a voter does not appear on the register, he may be checked from central database for verification.
  • After voter has been confirmed he then proceeds to the voter’s roll inside where he is marked.
  • A ballot paper is issued to the voter.
  • On issuance of ballot paper, a declared official mark is stamped at the back.
  • Then the voter goes privately to the ballot booth to make a mark on the ballot paper. The ballot booth ensures the secrecy of the voter.
  • A voter who is blind or unable to write is assisted by a presiding officer or relative.
  • After marking the ballot paper, the voter proceeds to cast the vote into the ballot box

VOTER’S REGISTER AND VALIDATION

After completion of the registration process a preliminary voter’s register is produced and sent to the respective chiefdoms for inspections. The inspection of the voter’s roll is an important stage in the electoral process under the Voter Registration Act of 2013. Registered voters are given an opportunity to verify their details and also confirm that they are correctly placed in that particular polling station they wish to vote at. This process urges all voters to visit their chiefdoms where a copy of the voter’s register is kept for a specific period of time.

According to the Registration Act No.8, 2013, Section 18 (18) objections are made to :

  • The inclusion or retention of any person’s name in the register of voters;
  • The restoration or addition of any person’s name to the register of voters;
  • The removal of a person’s name from the register of voters; or
  • The correctness of any person’s registration details in the voters register.

The Commission shall make a decision on an objection not later than 14 days after the objection was made and shall notify the following persons of its decision-

  • The person who made the objection;
  • The registration officer; and
  • In the case of an objection exclusion or inclusion of the name, or the correctness of the registration details, of a person other than the objector, that other person.

A final voter’s roll is then printed after the validation process.

SPECIAL VOTING

It is an arrangement created for registered voters who can’t vote at their voting station on the Polling day. These people include the electoral staff and security personnel among others.

 It also accommodates people who cannot travel to their voting stations such as people who provide essential services (e.g. doctors, paramedics, fire fighters, and nurses who are on duty on the polling day and people who are admitted in hospitals.

VOTER’S ROLL INFORMATION

What is a voters’ roll

It is a list of eligible registered voters of a polling station. The list is used in all the elections activities from nominations until secondary elections and by-elections as well.

Inspection of the Voters’ roll

After the compilation of the voters roll, it is taken back to the respective chiefdoms and registration centre’s ‘for public inspection. They will monitor the eligibility of all the voters registered in the list to vote in that chiefdom and Ineligible voters are omitted from the list.

The public also checks if their personal details have been correctly written and make amendments if need be.

The commission strongly encourages voters to inspect the voters roll and effect changes if need be because after this exercise, the final voter’s roll is produced and no changes will be affected thereafter.

Removal from the Voters’ Roll

Only people who have died are removed from the Voters Roll.